On the southern cost of the Algarve region of Portugal sits the Conrad Algarve. Just a short drive from the region’s main airport (FAO) and a half-hour journey to the notorious party zone of Albufeira, the Conrad Algarve is tucked away in its own little world.
As far as first impressions go this hotel does not disappoint. I imagine this is what Diddy and Jay-Z feel like, driving through the hotel gates toward palatial hotel.
We are greeted on the drive up and my bags are taken for me while my hire car is valet-parked. We’re then ushered toward the front desk for check-in.
After finalizing the incidental charges we are shown are room by the front-desk attendant who checked us in, the entire time explaining the different areas and amenities that comprise the hotel. The level of service and personal attention you receive really sets a 5 star hotel apart from a 4 star.
Upon entering the room I immediately took a sweep around having a look. The rooms are clean and large and we received a room with a balcony overlooking the pool area and down toward the hills of the Algarve.
A Nespresso machine comes standard in these rooms, which is a very nice convenience.
The Hotel Grounds and Amenities
This is a hotel that is perfect for a getaway where you have no desire to actually leave the property. Even without paying for a treatment I loved the spa. There is an outdoor heated infinity pool as well as a steam room and sauna which were a couple of my favourites.
The main grounds offer an additional infinity pool, a sports court and numerous options for seating outside. You’re never far from somebody offering to get you a newspaper, drink or something to eat.
Looking out toward the main pool area you see the mountainous Algarve region in the background with the palm tree lined pool in your immediate foreground. You could spend hours doing nothing here.
The hotel is home to two dining establishments as well as several options throughout the grounds where you can get something to eat. Gusto is their main (and pricey) restaurant and Louro is a restaurant that offers modern Portuguese cuisine and also serves the main breakfast.
Speaking of breakfast. Unlike a majority of hotels it is worth it to opt for the breakfast option here. The breakfast was overwhelming. I had a cooked-to-order steak and eggs along with a mimosa and toast with honey straight from the comb. It was difficult to walk after sitting there for a half hour.
While I didn’t eat at Gusto, I did order room service. Between us we had Monkfish, a Pizza and a bottle of wine. Quite a random assortment but all delicious.
I cannot wait to return to this hotel. The ambiance, food, amenities all make this an unforgettable experience. If I make my way back to the Algarve region any time soon, I’ll make sure I stay here again. Rates run about $450-500 per night for a generously spacious room exclusive of breakfast. Check rates and additional photos at their official site.